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2024 Women’s Retreat Through The Eyes Of Survivors

by | May 16, 2024 | Blog, Survivor Stories, Survivors

At our 2024 He Makes All Things New Women’s Retreat 433 survivors came together in the presence of God to continue the work of healing. Together, we met God’s love in a more profound way, and felt safe to open up deep wounds as we cried, prayed, and worshiped together. What a glorious thing to behold!

Please take a moment to see and read what the attendees have to share.

We thank our retreat sponsors, scholarship donors, financial partners, speakers, staff and volunteers for making this beautiful long weekend possible for these precious ladies. 

“The retreat filled me with the love of God, the truth of His word, practical wisdom, and sweet fellowship and friendship. There was a beautiful sense of unity among us as sisters in Christ, who have suffered, yet are on the path to healing. A heartfelt ‘Thank You!’ for providing such impactful resources, care, and tools to grow and heal.”

“As I watched the sunrise on the final day of the retreat, I was reminded of the gift of new beginnings God gives us. This weekend, I felt the love of God, experienced deep healing, learned so much, and was blessed to meet new people and make new friends. May He bring beauty out of our ashes as we surrender our lives to Him and live for His glory.”

“My anger and hurt that I had been holding on has been let loose by the grace of God and the counselors. I am so grateful for that!”

“Being in the company of women who have a shared experience made me feel safe and understood. I could be my authentic self. No more explaining or hiding my pain. And the focus on healing was even more impactful. Yes, we have suffered, but we set our eyes on the promises of God and His love, and that is life-changing.”

“I cannot adequately express my gratitude to Called to Peace Ministries and all the speakers, staff and volunteers that made this weekend a piece of heaven for me. It was a tremendous blessing and I felt the love of God, experienced deep healing, learned so much, and was blessed to meet new people and make new friends. I pray that God will richly bless you all and continue to shine light and hope into the lives of others as you have done so in my life. 

May He bring beauty out of our ashes as we surrender our lives to Him and for His glory.

With all my heart I thank you all.”

“Thank you, CTPM financial partners! Your support gives us a safe place to go where we’re understood and we can find freedom in Jesus.”

“The Holy Spirit met us during the worship! As I was singing praises to Jesus there was a release in my soul of the pain I had been carrying. I felt lighter and free deep down in my spirit.”

“I have been dealing with so much rejection and abandonment in my daily life. I came this year begging God to allow me to catch a glimpse of His love for me. The whole theme was oriented toward this! Over and over. I heard it proclaimed and I sat in tears as He spoke it into my heart—I left feeling loved!”

“This was the first time in four heartbreaking years that I felt like I was in a place that was “safe”. Safe enough to open up those scary, hard, places of suffering and trauma in a way that Jesus could do a work of healing and start a new work of rest and restoration. The beautiful times of worship, prayer and the support of prayer warriors and fellowship with fellow survivors were priceless. Thank you for making this retreat possible for me. I am forever grateful!”

“This retreat cemented things that God has been working on in my life. While I left tired, I was rejuvenated and refreshed! I am so grateful for the opportunity to go and so so thankful!! My life has been changed for the better and I was given tools and resources.”

“It was so refreshing to have in-person support as opposed to only online. Everyone there was so full of empathy, and I loved how much all the speakers kept bringing us back to Christ.”

“For the first time, I feel wholeness in my body, mind and soul! My faith is fired up to embrace the NEW! Thank you Lord for this life-giving retreat experience.” -Esther



“It was like one big, long hug from Jesus. I’ve never felt so SEEN and validated in my journey. Especially in God making a way for me to go financially. Blessings to my donor.”

“I’ve never received so many “God loves you” messages in three days before. The constant reminder that “He loves you” and “you don’t have to do the work” was amazing.”

“After 35 years of an abusive marriage, I have returned  home from the retreat to face a final divorce hearing. This conference has given me the encouragement I so desperately needed and fellowship with like-minded sisters in the Lord who have also experienced domestic abuse. Thank you to Called to Peace Ministries for making us all feel loved, safe, and validated.” 

“I have been privileged to attend the retreat for a few years. This was the best experience yet. It is a complete joy to see people each year from previous years, and their growth, joy and health just increases and shows on their bodies and faces. Incredible testimony for the healing and growth from God’s grace. As another friend said— ‘I went, and came back a different person.’ All glory to God, all thanks to those who made it possible!”

“Over 400 survivors came together in the presence of God to continue the work of healing. God met us there as amazing speakers and coaches guided us through scripture and reminded us that God has a future for each one of us. Each day we sang praises to God for his faithfulness. The joy of the Lord inhabited our praises.” -Merrilee Carlson



“So many women came together hoping and seeking, and then found a touch from God at this retreat! The donors and sponsors are largely to thank for this. They are the hands and feet of Jesus, extending love to numerous wounded women who are seeking the truth and desperate for healing. So many attendees found truth and healing here because of you and your generosity. Thank you!” 

“This retreat cemented things that God has been working on in my life. While I left tired, I was rejuvenated and refreshed! I am so grateful for the opportunity to go and so so thankful!! My life has been changed for the better and I was given tools and resources.” 

“Thank you, CTPM financial partner, for your contributions! This retreat brought such clarity and healing on this difficult journey. The sweet fellowship with those who understand the dynamics in these situations was a blessing as well as the wonderful speakers and advocates who invested their time, wisdom and love. Your contributions made this possible. Thank you!”

“Met some amazing, precious women this weekend, and God was so gracious and loving to us all!”

“Such a beautiful Sunday morning to end a beautiful weekend with so many beautiful ladies. We are beloved, are we not? Thank you, CTPM staff for organizing such an amazing, challenging, encouraging, Spirit-filled, and uplifting retreat. Just when this suppressing girl thinks she doesn’t need any healing, you remind me that I do and that it’s available to me—if I just let Him do the work.”